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Hot Water Burns

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While many of us might be surprised that it is possible for a mother to be so careless, the fact is that hot water burns in almost half of the children in the US occur due to the parents putting their children in bath water that is beyond their toleration power.

Hot Water Burns
Hot Water Burns

Hot water burns can be extremely painful and just as damaging as fire burns. Unless the burns are minor, it is imperative to contact a doctor or emergency-care expert for the most efficient treatment options. The best at-home treatment is simply cold running water. Avoid popping blisters, which can lead to scarring. With proper treatment, your hot water burn should heal within a few days.
1: Immediately place your hot-water burn under cold running water for at least 15 minutes.

2: Elevate the burned area immediately to minimize swelling. Keep the area elevated for at least an hour.

3: Gently wrap the burned area with gauze. Place a cold compress over the gauze to alleviate pain and swelling. Make sure the gauze is slightly loose.

4: Refresh the gauze wrap at least once a day. For a first-degree or minor burn, you should be able to remove the wrapping after a day or two.

Tips & Warnings

Consult a doctor immediately if the burns are on sensitive areas like your face, hands, feet, chest and genitals. Consult a doctor immediately if the burns are on a small child or infant. Call 911 immediately if your hot water burn is severe, bleeding or penetrates your flesh.

Do not pop or break any fluid-filled blisters. Do not put any type of ointment, lotion or cream on the burn. Do not put any food products like yogurt, honey or butter on the burn.

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